Colombario di Pomponio Hylas

Colombario di Pomponio Hylas, Rome

Colombario di Pomponio Hylas

Colombario di Pomponio Hylas
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Cemeteries
Plan your visit
The area
Neighbourhood: Celio
Popular mentions

14 reviews
Very good

Robb H
New York City, NY952 contributions
Private Guide
Oct 2019
We had read about this unusual burial crypt and realized it was difficult to arrange. We contacted our guide Silvia Prosperi and she was about to obtain the permit and arrange for the appoint with the Parks Department representative to open it.

We learned there are many sights like this that can only be opened by appointment.
Written 2 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sydney, Australia1,730 contributions
Wonderfully colourful underground place for the dead
Aug 2016 • Solo
We went to a little park where there was a little building which covered the entrance to the Columbarium of Pomponius Hylas. This highly coloured and rare communal tomb was only open to private groups arranged in advance with the Department of Antiquities. And I was a group of one - thanks to my Rome Connections guide who arranged entry with the Dept. guy arriving to open it up for us. The Columbarium of Pomponius Hylas is a 1st-century AD Roman columbarium, situated near the Porta Latina on the Via Appia. It was discovered and excavated in 1831 by Pietro Campana. A columbarium gets its name from the Latin columba, which means “dove”. A columbarium was literally a dovecote, where birds were raised for the eggs they produced and their excrement. When cremation burials became common, ash-urns were deposited in small niches that were carved into tombs. The niches produced a dovecote effect, which gave this type of tomb its name, columbarium. The underground community tomb or columbarium of Pomponius Hylas was packed with these niches with places for the ashes urns looking like little stoves with pots on them - so much colour and frescoes retained. You can see why it is not generally open. Whilst the tomb was originally constructed for one family it eventually became a tomb for the local community and an efficient Roman way of disposing of the dead. The paintings and the decorations were still colourful and I felt very privileged to visit it.
Written 25 March 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Perth, Canada100 contributions
Unexpectedly awesome hidden gem!
Tickets for this can be purchased at the museo delle mura and are only available on a guided tour. It is totally worth the wait and money. The Tomb is in remarkable condition with many frescos and urns still intact as they were so many centuries ago! Just be careful the stairs are very steep! Flash photography isn't allowed so pictures don't show up well.
Written 13 July 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Colombario di Pomponio Hylas

Restaurants near Colombario di Pomponio Hylas: View all restaurants near Colombario di Pomponio Hylas on Tripadvisor